Southern Oregon casino to add rooms, restaurant


CANYONVILLE, Ore. (AP) - A Southern Oregon tribal casino said it will spend $40 million to expand its hotel.

Plans for the Seven Feathers Hotel and Casino Resort call for 154 new rooms, a spa and a 250-seat buffet restaurant.

General manager Bruce Schoneboom said Seven Feathers turns away 1,200 requests for reservations a month, and there are long waits for tables at its 24-hour restaurant.

Sue Shaffer, who chairs the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, said the expansion would create more than 100 jobs.

''The tribal government feels more excited about that than all the wonderful amenities we will have here and do have here,'' Shaffer said.

The construction work force is expected to grow to 200 in a few months.

Travis Hill, director of hospitality operations for the Umpqua Indian Development Corp., said the hotel suites will cost patrons $175 to $225 a night for 600 square feet of room with two 42-inch plasma TVs, a wet bar, minibar and jetted hot tubs.

The tribe's operation dates to its origins in 1992 as a bingo hall.

The restaurant is expected to open in November, with the remaining construction to be completed next year.

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